July 29, 2009
Felton Barner retired in late 2007 after spending 30 years in the information technology industry. But the 60-year-old Columbia resident didn't stay retired for too long. Earlier this year, Barner decided to pursue his lifelong interest in photography; he opened an art gallery business in May. Peter Van Buren, too, was ready for a new start after a 25-year career in wine sales. Finding a company that matched his passion in promoting environmental sustainability proved challenging, though.
May 17, 2009
A night at the symphony is the most sought-after concert ticket in town this week. But while conductor Marin Alsop and her Baltimore orchestra will be on stage, they're not exactly the main draw. That would be Trey Anastasio, the guitarist and vocalist best known as the frontman of Phish, which enjoys a devoted fan base not seen since the Grateful Dead. On Thursday, Anastasio will perform the East Coast premiere of Time Turns Elastic, a 30-minute piece that blends electric guitar and vocal solos into a rich orchestral fabric.
May 10, 2007
MAY May 10 -- Catie Curtis, RHT May 10 -- Groove Stu, Marcell & the Truth, Salim & the Music Lovers, Scott Stone, Sonar May 10 -- In Every Room, the Company, Doug Murphy & the Others, Hidden Attempt, Recher May 10 -- Jonatha Brooke, 8x10 May 10 -- Vusi Mahlasela, RHL May 11 -- Brett Dennen, Alo, Lucas Reynolds, Recher May 11 -- Cake, Pier Six May 11 -- The Clarks, RHT May 11 -- Clutch, 9:30 Club May 11 -- Greyboy Allstars, RHL May 12 -- Adele...
November 29, 2007
Hometown -- Takoma Park Current members --Eric Hutchinson, vocals, guitar and keyboards Founded in --2002 Style --acoustic soul Influenced by --Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello Notable --Hutchinson's full-length debut, Sounds Like This, was recorded and self-released this year. He was signed to Maverick, but the label folded. As a result, Hutchinson ended up with enough money to record the album and the rights to his own songs: a win-win situation. Quotable --"It's all worked out," he said.
November 3, 2008
It's the eve of the election of a lifetime and TV has been at the center of events, so don't come here looking for me to tell you what steps they'll be doing on Dancing with the Stars tonight. Besides, I had enough of that for anybody's lifetime last spring, when Baltimore's Mario was on the show and I was interviewing him every week about what steps he'd be doing. But there are some very good political choices tonight, starting with Primary, a legendary 1960 documentary by Robert Drew.
June 2, 1996
The 30th Montreux Jazz Festival will be held July 5-20 in Switzerland by the shores of Lake Geneva in the resort town of Montreux. Not only jazz but also blues, reggae, soul, rap and pop will be performed by, among others, Quincy Jones, Stephan Eicher, David Sanborn, Phil Collins, George Benson, Elvis Costello and Herbie Hancock. Concerts will be held in the Stravinski Auditorium and Miles Davis Hall and on open-air stages. Information is available on the Jazz Festival's Web site -- http: //www.
December 3, 2008
The most successful reality shows are those that connect with or exploit tensions in the larger society. If nothing else, Secret Millionaire, a new Fox series debuting tonight, certainly scores on that count. The series, which some Baltimore viewers have surely heard about because area resident Molly Shattuck is a participant, speaks to the nation's economic crisis and the social-class tensions connected with thoughts of who caused the problems and who will suffer most. The premise takes a millionaire out of his or her world of privilege each week and places each undercover in situations of economic distress and hardship.
December 31, 2008
Chalk up yet another holiday that has become defined and dominated by television. There is a New Year's Eve TV show for just about every demographic and taste, including one featuring Miley Cyrus on MTV and the eternal Dick Clark on ABC. Given the economy, I suspect more Americans than ever will be ringing in the new year in front of their television sets. In addition to Cyrus, A Miley-Sized Surprise includes performances by Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas and the Academy Is. (8 p.m., MTV)